20 Emmy-Nominated Series Worth the Watch

Bethany Quinn | Jul 18, 2019 TV
20 Emmy-Nominated Series Worth the Watch

Ava Duvernay and Jharrel Jerome in When They See Us
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It might seem that awards season is far behind us. We kick off the year with Golden Globes, then the SAG Awards, and then of course the Oscars. But the 2019 Emmy nominations have just been announced, reigniting our love for an award show, and of course, the resulting red carpet.  The list of nominees this year includes amazing artists, and not to mention, a few snubs. One thing is for sure: Many of our favorite television shows made the prestigious list of nominees.

There's definitely many awesome series on right now. With Hallmark's Christmas in July in full swing, tons of bingeable shows on Netflix and other streaming services -- not to mention all the great prime time shows -- we're definitely not lacking when it comes to entertaining things to watch.

While an Emmy nomination isn't the end all, be all for TV and streaming shows, the ones mentioned on this list are all truly exceptional. From dramas to comedies (there's even a documentary series on the list) here are 20 Emmy-nominated series that are totally worth watching!

  • 'Russian Doll'

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    Where to watch: Netflix

    Natasha Lyonne stars and co-created this series about a woman who keeps reliving the same day over and over. While it has many moments that remind us of Groundhog Day, the tone is way darker. Russian Doll follows Lyonne's character (Nadia) on her 36th birthday after she leaves the party thrown in her honor. She eventually gets hit by a car and dies ... but that's only the beginning.

  • 'Schitt's Creek'

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    Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek
    Pop

    Where to watch: Pop

    After six seasons, this is still one of the funniest shows out there. Schitt's Creek follows the Rose family as they lose their fortune and are forced to live in their only remaining asset, Schitt's Creek. Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy team up for the pure comedy gold they are known for!

  • 'Barry'

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    Bill Hader and Stephen Root in Barry
    HBO

    Where to watch: HBO

    Barry is about a Midwestern hit man who moves to Los Angeles and ends up joining the ranks of a group of aspiring actors. It stars Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader, as well as Henry Winkler -- and while many may have not even heard of this show, it's racked up six Emmy nominations this year!

  • 'Dead to Me'

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    Where to watch: Netflix

    Jen Harding and Judy Hale, played by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, are the best of friends. One is a widow who's trying to come to terms with her loss, and the other is grieving the death of her fiancé. Judy, however, is harboring a dark secret that can change the course of these women's lives forever!

  • 'Fleabag'

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    Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

    This comedy follows a woman, aptly called "Fleabag," who's struggling with life in London while also dealing with recent tragedy. It premiered in 2016, and just wrapped its second and final season. Fleabag is based on a one-woman play of the same name.

  • 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

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    Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

    No surprise here! This breakout hit has been charming audiences and critics since it hit the small screen two years ago. Rachel Brosnahan stars as Midge Maisel, a housewife turned stand-up comedy star. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel show has become a fan favorite. Not only is it known for its fabulous acting, but for its amazing costumes and makeup, too!

  • 'Ozark'

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    Where to watch: Netflix

    Martin "Marty" Byrde is a money launderer for the Mexican cartel and has just a few years to launder an incredible amount of money for the drug lords. He uproots his family to the Missouri Ozarks to complete his dangerous and illegal task ... and of course his family -- especially his two teenagers -- give him a bit of trouble along the way!

  • 'Pose'

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    Hailie Sahar in Pose
    FX

    Where to watch: FX

    Several social scenes from the 1980s come into play in this series, and Pose gives viewers an in-depth look into what life was like in New York City at the time. With the AIDS epidemic at an all-time high, and young yuppies dominating New York's upper class, the clash of cultures -- not to mention some thrilling dance sequences -- make this FX drama a must watch!

  • 'Succession'

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    Matthew Macfadyen in Succession
    HBO

    Where to watch: HBO

    Succession follows the Roy family, which owns one of the largest media companies in the world. The patriarch of the family, Logan Roy (played by Brian Cox), is aging, and his children are trying to figure out what will happen to the company and their subsequent inheritance once their father dies.

  • 'Game of Thrones'

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    Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
    HBO

    Where to watch: HBO

    We doubt we need to write a premise for Game of Thrones. After all, it did rack up a whopping 32 nominations this year, breaking all kind of records. Obviously, the show is loved by critics and audiences -- even if the finale was a bit of a dud. Game of Thrones is still worth a watch just to see what all the buzz is about!

  • 'The Handmaid's Tale'

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    Where to watch: Hulu

    After three seasons, The Handmaid's Tale is still one of the most talked-about series -- perhaps because it displays a society that's totalitarian and terrifying where fertile women are held captive and forced to reproduce. Elizabeth Moss stars, and while she didn't receive an Emmy nomination this year due to some crazy rules, guest star Bradley Whitford did!

  • 'The Twilight Zone'

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    Kumail Nanjiani in The Twilight Zone
    CBS

    Where to watch: CBS All Access

    Jordan Peele rebooted this classic show from the '50s and also stars as its narrator. Seems like Peele just can't get enough of the scary, but we totally love his take on it! Jessica Lange and Kumail Nanjiani both received nominations for their work on this show!

  • 'When They See Us'

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    Where to watch: Netflix

    This four-episode series deservedly received 16 nominations. When They See Us is about the true story of the Central Park Five -- now coined the Exonerated Five -- five teenage boys of color who were wrongly convicted of a crime and spent years behind bars. Ava DuVernay, who directed the series, received a nomination, as did many of the show's stars.

  • 'Chernobyl'

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    Stellan Skarsgård and Jared Harris in Chernobyl
    HBO

    Where to watch: HBO

    Chernobyl was a catastrophe of epic proportions, but the limited series, however, was not. It scored 19 Emmy nominations. In addition to nominations for actors Stellan Skarsgård and Jared Harris, Chernobyl received nominations in the categories of casting, directing, production design, hairstyling, and makeup.

  • 'Fosse/Verdon'

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    Michelle Williams in Fosse/Verdon
    FX

    Where to watch: FX

    Both Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell received Emmy nominations for their portrayal of real-life couple Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, who were also Broadway legends. Both actors have starred on Broadway before, so their portrayal of the characters in Fosse/Verdon were especially fantastic!

  • 'Queer Eye'

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    Where to watch: Netflix

    Yasss! The Fab Five were nominated for their work in this uplifting reality show where they make over the lives of people who need it most. These men are rays of sunshine, and we can't wait to see what they rock on the Emmy red carpet this year!

  • 'Sharp Objects'

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    Amy Adams in Sharp Objects
    HBO

    Where to watch: HBO

    Critics have not stopped singing Amy Adams' praises since Sharp Objects premiered last year. She received an Emmy nomination as did her costar, Patricia Clarkson. Sharp Objects is about a reporter who must come face to face with her demons when she returns to her hometown.

  • 'United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell'

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    W. Kamau Bell in United Shades of America
    CNN

    Where to watch: CNN

    This show and its host, W. Kamau Bell, received Emmy nominations this year. United Shades of America follows Bell as he travels around America talking to people about issues like race, policing, and prison. The show is captivating, and Bell is funny!

  • 'Black Monday'

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    Where to watch: Showtime

    October 19, 1987, has come to be known as "Black Monday," the date of the worst stock market crash of all time. This series is a fictional telling of what caused the crash and stars Regina King and Don Cheadle as Wall Street outsiders looking to infiltrate the world's largest financial system!

  • 'The Kominsky Method'

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    Where to watch: Netflix

    Michael Douglas plays Sandy Kominsky, an aging actor who once held a lot of weight in Hollywood. He and his agent, played by Alan Arkin, lean on each other through some of the toughest times of their lives! They're both, of course, nominated for an Emmy this year!

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